There was a string of interesting financial reports from India this week that appear to be unrelated at first glance, but upon further inspection they all seem to be working towards a common goal—an intrusive big brother surveillance state that tracks every single financial transaction for every single resident.
According to The New York Times, the Indian government has implemented an identification system that will require scans of fingerprints, eyes, and faces for all financial transactions, including food, banking, cell phone plans and state assistance. The program is called Aadhaar, and it will be mandatory for the 1.3 billion people who live in India.
Most of India is already enrolled in the program, with a total of 1.1 billion already using the system. However, most people are obviously signing up under duress, as they have no other ways of accessing basic commerce or financial services.
via The Verge by Russell Brandom – In five minutes, a single person faked a fingerprint and broke into my phone. It was simple, a trick the biometrics firm Vkansee has been playing at trade shows for months now. All it took was some dental mold to take a cast, some play-dough to fill it, and then a little trial and error to line up the play-dough on the fingerprint reader. We did it twice with the same print: once on an iPhone 6 and once on a Galaxy S6 Edge. As hacks go, it ranks just a little harder than steaming open a letter.
Of course, this particular method only works if you have help from the person whose fingerprint you need — and even then, it’s not a foolproof system. As luck would have it, my own fingertips turned out to be too smooth to leave an impression, so we had to rely on our director Phil Esposito, who had his thumb successfully molded and used it to unlock both phones.
Do NOT give up any biometric private property! Biometric data is ineffective as security. If a corporation wants your biometric data, we need to SELL it to them and define the terms and conditions of its use.
If anyone with a “scan” of the finger print can re-create the “biometric security identity,” then finger prints are NOT useful in identifying and securing the “identity” of the user.
We leave these finger prints EVERYWHERE: door handles, water glasses, pens, table tops, all over your car. Given the public accessibility to the finger prints we leave nearly everywhere we go, a finger print does not identify the user in a secure way. Should a hacker get the finger print database, there is no method to CHANGED our biometric data.